Quick Decorating Fixes for the Holidays

The invitations are sent, the menu is decided, but has time run out for renewing your tired décor? Don’t fret! There’s still time to give your home a quick, inexpensive and striking update for your holiday entertaining. Here’s how:

  • Update your lamp shades. Replace those grubby lampshades with up-to-date shades. Play with patterns in neutral shades like gray, tan, or beige to add a pop of flair without taking away from the rest of the room. Mix it up with a shade that has trim, or has a different shape or is a different color. In the dining room, add clip-on shades to give your chandelier an update. To bring you chandeliers up to speed, cover the chain with bunched up decorative fabric.
  • Incorporate a wall covering. Add personality to a room with graphic wallpaper. It can have a huge impact for very little effort. Create interest on the often forgotten 5th wall – the ceiling. The ceiling is an unexpected place to add wallpaper and a place you can create interest by creating a medallion with metallic paint.
  • Rearrange your furniture. Create a conversation or entertaining area by pulling your furniture pieces off the wall. This opens up a living space, making it feel more warm and inviting to guests throughout the holiday season.
  • Play with upholstery. Give your existing dining room chairs an update by re-upholstering them. Go one step further and make a table-runner in the same fabric. Similarly, you can spruce up throw pillows by replacing your existing ones with pillows in a new color, shape or trim. If you want to keep your existing pillows, give them new life by tying a bow around them.
  • Add new accessories. Aren’t you tired of looking at the same mirror and pictures? Swapping them out with new artwork quickly changes the atmosphere in a room. Other accessories like area rugs and window coverings, are a quick fix. Select a rug that will tie your colors and furnishing together and add warmth to the space.
  • Repaint! It’s the fastest way to change the look of the room.  But with this advice, I need to add my old caveat—never select a paint color before you’ve selected the fabrics for the space. If you have plans to do a full redecorating project, hold off on repainting and incorporate other quick fixes to update for the holidays.

See how this homeowner integrated several of these quick fixes into her dining room to give it a whole new look.

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The goal of this decorating project was to update the room’s décor for Christmas entertaining while utilizing the existing dining table, chairs and hutch. Several “Quick Fixes” (as well as an updated custom window treatment)helped to transform this out-of-date room into a beautiful and festive dining room that this hostess will enjoy for many Christmas’ and celebrations for years to come.

To begin the makeover for this dated dining room, the black, mauve and sea-foam green floral wallpaper and faux wainscoting were removed and replaced with a honey colored wallpaper with mottled harlequin pattern. The color and pattern of the wallpaper adds warmth, and adds a textural dimension to the room.

Two of the existing dining room chairs were replaced with up-to-date upholstered parson’s chairs which, with the addition of a honey colored wool area rug, softens the all-wood look of the room. The same fabric as on the parson’s chairs was used to re-upholster the existing side chairs. The dated shiny brass chandelier was replaced by a wrought iron chandelier with shades that coordinate other colors in the room. Custom window treatments replaced the old-fashioned swags & cascades and the same striped fabric that lines the draperies was used to make a table runner. Finally, an unexpected Christmas color scheme of rust, green and plum adorn the tree and centerpiece and coordinate with the rooms décor, adding a festive air to the space.

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